Sgt. Adam J. Ray entered the Army in a noncombat role but yearned for the long marches, the weaponry and the front-line missions.
So in April 2008, Ray changed from hospital patient administration to the infantry. He left for Afghanistan with his Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade in July. And on Feb. 9, a roadside bomb killed the 23-year-old Kentucky native.
“His performance” in Afghanistan, the rear detachment commander of 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment said in a memorial service Wednesday, “was nothing short of excellent.”
Ray died in southern Afghanistan as his battalion moved from Kandahar and Helmand province to join the largest offensive operation of the nine-year war. Operation Moshtarak, a joint NATO-Afghan mission to clear Taliban insurgents from the Marjah region, began four days after Ray’s death.
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